A bit of a kerfluffle erupted last week when it came out that the Texas Education Agency’s director of science was forced to resign amid accusations because she wasn’t “neutral” enough on the topic of the teaching of evolution.
From today’s New York Times article:
Ms. Comer, 56, of Austin, is out of a job, after forwarding an e-mail message on a talk about evolution and creationism — ‘a subject on which the agency must remain neutral,” according to a dismissal letter last month that accused her of various instances of ‘misconduct and insubordination’ and of siding against creationism and the doctrine that life is the product of ‘intelligent design.’
Sigh. You’d think, perhaps, people might have learned a few things since Dover was thrust onto the international stage and Judge John E. Jones III ruled that intelligent design wasn’t science.
By the way, who was giving this oh-so-controversial talk about evolution and creationism? None other than Barbara Forrest, the expert witness in the Dover trial whose damning testimony exposed intelligent design’s creationist links.
Remember? Cdesign proponentists? Maybe they can’t get PBS in Texas.
Lauri in York